Mercedes celebrates 50 years of AMG with GT C and C-Class special editions
The new GT C Roadster gets the Edition 50 treatment, while the C63 Cabriolet and C43 have their own new looks too
This year AMG turns 50, and to celebrate Mercedes has been releasing a series of special models from its sporting brand. This latest batch of limited editions is made up of the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, the C63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition and the C43 Coupe and Cabriolet Night Editions.
Only 500 versions of the new GT C Roadster Edition 50 will be built. Just like the standard GT C Roadster, the Edition 50 has a twin turbocharged 4-litre hot-V V8 and a rear mounted a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle. Its engine produces 550bhp and 680lb ft of torque, helping the Roadster hit 62mph from a standstill in just 3.7sec and a top speed just shy of 200mph.
But where the Edition 50 differs from the standard GT C Roadster is on the surface. It can be finished in two matte colours, either graphite grey or cashmere white. To further define it from the standard car, the Edition 50 has a gloss black front splitter, wing vents, rear diffuser and side skirts. The GT C’s ‘Panamericana’ grille that it shares with the AMG GT race car and GT R is also has the same shiny black finish.
Inside, the Edition 50 is strictly black and silver. The seats, doors and dash are covered in silver and black nappa leather with contrast stitching. While the steering wheel’s rim is covered in black dinamica microfibre cloth with silver stitching at the 12 o’clock position.
The black chrome trim found on the outside makes its way into the interior too, with black steering wheel spokes, shift paddles and door sills. To contrast the extra black, the seat belts are made from a silver fabric. If all this sounds familiar then it’s because AMG’s GT C coupe has also been treated to the same Edition 50 upgrades.
More exclusive than the Edition 50 Roadster is the C63 Ocean Blue Edition, which will be limited to just 150 cars. The name refers to the exclusive blue the fabric roof is made from and not the colour of the car. Instead the car is painted either selenite grey or the same cashmere white as the GT C Roadster Edition 50.
To help tie-in the new blue with the rest of the car, the exterior trim and hubcap surrounds of the Ocean Blue Edition have been painted to match the roof.
The Ocean Blue’s interior is dominated by quilted, crystal grey leather. However, the roof’s blue colour makes an appearance in the contrast stitching and on the face of the analogue IWC clock. The Ocean Blue Edition will be available as either the 469bhp C63 Cabriolet and the 503bhp C63 S Cabriolet.
Finally, the V6 powered C43 Coupe and Cabriolet can be bought as Night Edition models. To give the car a more menacing look, and to make the Night Edition name more appropriate, the C43 gets some black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels. The glitzy front grille of the standard C43 has been toned down with black accents rather than chrome, too.
The C43 Night Edition also has a special badge on the centre console and its flat bottomed steering wheel is clad leather and Dinamica.